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Brisket and Bean Chili

Even my family has a hard time eating a whole brisket in a few days. So what to do with the leftovers?

To start with – my leftovers are a couple of pounds of smoked brisket and 2 quarts of smoked pinto beans.


smoked brisket and pinto beans

brisket and beans

I begin by placing the pinto beans into a large pot and turning them to simmer. I then cut the brisket into slices..

sliced brisket

I slice the brisket first.

Then I cut the beef brisket slices into small cubes.

cubed smoked beef brisket

Cubed beef brisket

cubed beef brisket

This is what the beef brisket should look like when you are done cutting it.

Before I add the brisket to the beans I add 28 ounces of diced tomatoes.

diced tomatoes

Diced tomatoes

I also add one cup of beef stock and turn the burner to medium.

beef stock

One Cup of any brand of beef stock.

After adding the beef stock and tomatoes I also add 3 tablespoons chili powder. One tablespoon cumin. One tablespoon onion powder. One teaspoon black pepper.

spices for chili

Before I stir in the spices.

I bring the ingredients to a light boil. then turn back to simmer and let cook for one hour.

This makes a hearty, robust chili besides being a great way to use up the leftovers a couple of days after smoking a brisket with beans. The chili is enough of a flavor change to get the kids to eat the brisket without feeling like they are eating the same old thing.

This recipe also can be used with fresh beef and beans. If not using leftovers – cube the beef, then brown in skillet before adding to beans, spices and tomatoes.

Beef Brisket and Pinto Beans Chili

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

  • Beef Brisket Approx 2 lbs
  • 2 quarts pinto beans
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 table spoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
Dice the beef brisket. Add beans, tomatoes, beef stock and spices together in large pot. Add beef brisket. Simmer one hour.

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